On This Date in NBA History: November 6, James Naismith was Born

Dec 10, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki receives the Naismith Legacy Award from Jim Naismith (grandson of Dr James Naismith) prior the game against the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1861 – Today is the 152nd anniversary of Basketball Hall of Famer Dr. James Naismith’s birth. He was the inventor of basketball and founded the University of Kansas basketball program in addition to being credited with the introduction of the first football helmet. In 1891, Naismith published the first 13 rules of “Basket Ball.” He will always be remembered by the Naismith Legacy Award, which is “presented to players, coaches and other individuals or organizations to honor their role in furthering the values of honor, respect and integrity — both on an off the court.” Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki received the award last year.

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